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State Mining & Geological Board – AB3098 Meeting June 9, 2011

Cupertino City Council Meeting on June 7, 2011 where Steve Jobs spoke about plans to build campus on former HP land

Santa Clara County Board of Supervisor Hearing – “Granting Vested Rights to Lehigh” on February 8, 2011

Cupertino City Council 2nd Special Study Session “Lehigh Cement Plant” on December 21, 2010 –  Citizens Speak

Cupertino City Council 1st Special Study Session “Lehigh Cement Plant” on July 20, 2010 Regulatory Agencies – Council Member Barry Chang Q&A

 

How Mercury Causes Brain Neuron Degeneration

Produced by Dept. of Physiology and Biophics Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary.

This short presentation clearly shows how mercury in fillings can destroy brain neurons as seen with people who have Alzheimer’s Disease.

Flyover of Cupertino Cement Kiln – Flyover view of Lehigh Cement next to Cupertino

by Earth Justice April 20, 2009 on YouTube

A cement kiln near Cupertino, CA is a major source of mercury pollution in the Bay Area. Watch this Google Earth video to learn more.

Taming MercuryMay 17, 2011Mercury has been called San Francisco Bay’s public enemy number one. It is the main pollutant driving public health concerns about eating fish from the Bay, and it is a prime suspect in harming the health of birds and wildlife in the Bay. Its most toxic form is methylmercury because that form bioaccumulates in critters in higher and higher concentrations as it moves up the food chain. Learn what scientists are doing to control it.

Protesters Rally Outside Lehigh Entrance

by Cupertino Patch 6/18/2011

Carrying signs and shouting chants demanding protection from pollution, nearly 60 people marched up Stevens Creek Boulevard Saturday morning to the Lehigh Southwest Cement entrance just outside Cupertino.

Cement plant braces for impact of new EPA rules

by Assignment 7 ABC News aired on 2/26/2010

The Environmental Protection Agency is about to crack down on cement plants because they are a known source of potentially nerve damaging mercury pollution. Those new regulations will have a huge impact on one of the state’s biggest mercury polluters, Lehigh Cement Plant in Cupertino. Many say the new rules are long overdue.

EPA threatens action against Cupertino cement plant

by Assignment 7 ABC News aired on 4/13/2010

The Environmental Protection Agency is putting a major Bay Area supplier of cement on notice.

For years some residents living near the Lehigh Cement Plant have complained about toxic pollutants coming from the facility. Now, the EPA has just issued what is called a “notice of violation” against Lehigh.

Residents speak up against cement plant expansion plans

12/22/2010 by Channel 7 ABC News

In Cupertino, the city council listened to hours of testimony Tuesday night from people who oppose the expansion of a local cement plant. The Lehigh Cement Plant is located south of I-280 on Stevens Creek Boulevard.

Note: Read More News articles on 12/21/2010 City Counsel Meeting

New regulations to be implemented on cement plants

The Bay Area is about to become the first in the nation to implement tough new EPA requirements on Cement plants.

by Assignment 7 ABC News aired on 1/5/2011

Mercury in the Bay – Part 1

by QUEST on KQED Original Aired on Friday, Apr 18, 2008

You might not know it from the textbooks, but California’s gold rush was also a mercury rush. Quicksilver mines near San Jose provided gold miners with the mercury they needed to separate gold from ore. 150 years later, we’re still facing the consequences of gold-rush era mercury, much of which is lodged in the Bay’s mud and in its fish.

Mercury in the Bay – Part 2

by QUEST on KQED Original Aired on Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009

There’s a hidden danger in San Francisco bay: mercury. A potent neurotoxin that can cause serious illness, mercury has been flowing into the bay since the mining days of the Gold Rush Era. It has settled in the bay’s mud and made its way up the food chain, endangering wildlife and making many fish unsafe to eat. Now a multi-billion-dollar plan aims to clean it up. But will it work?

Saving the Bay – Threats to San Francisco Bay: Mercury and Other Types of PollutionKQEDondemandLegacy mercury pollution from mining operations impacts on wetland restoration efforts today. Water quality in San Francisco Bay is affected by runoff and pollution from five main sources, which include agriculture, industry, legacy, urban stormwater, and sewage.

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Mercury Poisoning: Interview with Dr. Jane Hightower

by QUEST on KQED Original Aired on Radio Thursday, Apr 24, 2008

Dr Jane Hightower was one of the first Bay Area doctors to start diagnosing mercury poisoning in her patients. In this audio clip, she explains how to know if you might be getting too much mercury from the fish you eat. And, she tells us what she feeds her 10-year old twin boys.

 

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Cement – A Dirty Business

by QUEST on KQED Original Aired on Radio Friday, Apr 4, 2008

Slide Show Photos to Accompany this Audio

 Thought California has consigned coal-burning to the scrap bin? Think again! California has 11 coal-fired power plants, all used to heat limestone into cement — making us one of the biggest cement-producing states in the country. In addition to cement, these kilns produce 95% of the state’s airborne mercury pollution and 2% of its greenhouse gas emissions.

State Mining & Geological Board – AB3098 Meeting June 9, 2011

Part 1/5: State Mining & Geological Board – AB3098 Meeting June 9, 2011

Part 2/5: State Mining & Geological Board – AB3098 Meeting June 9, 2011

Part 3/5: State Mining & Geological Board – AB3098 Meeting June 9, 2011

Part 4/5: State Mining & Geological Board – AB3098 Meeting June 9, 2011

Part 5/5: State Mining & Geological Board – AB3098 Meeting June 9, 2011

Santa Clara County Board of Supervisor Hearing about “Granting Vested Rights to Lehigh” on February 8, 2011

[Televised video session of SC County Hearing (Vested Rights Item #27 starts at 04:58:35 on the video)]

Demonstrators march in front of Santa Clare County where hearings were about to start to determine if Lehigh Cement should have vested rights over the East Material Storage Area. Having vested rights would make their illegal dumping of mining waste there legal.

Santa Clara County Board of Supervisor hearing about granting Lehigh Vested Rights over much of their property is packed with Lehigh people and residents. Lehigh had come earlier with three busload of people, identified with white labels on their shirts, to occupy most of the seats. This left residents standing in the back. Most had to leave to a room nearby, out of sight of the press, to watch the proceedings via closed circuit TV.

Cupertino City Council Meeting on June 7, 2011 where Steve Jobs spoke about plans to build campus on former HP land

Council Member Chang asking Steve Jobs if he was aware of pollution from Lehigh Cement Plant.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkFnDpkCuS0

Entire Speech by Steve Jobs about new Apple campus on former HP property.
http://youtu.be/gtuz5OmOh_M

Cupertino City Council 2nd Special Study Session “Lehigh Cement Plant” on December 21, 2010 Where Citizens Speak

Part 1 “Special Lehigh Cement Study Session 12-21-2010”Public Comment Highlights
(1 minute each speaker)
Part 2 “Special Lehigh Cement Study Session 12-21-2010”Public Comment Highlights (cont)
(1 minute each Speaker)
Part 3 “Special Lehigh Cement Study Session 12-21-2010”Barry NOV Presentation
Part 4 “Special Lehigh Cement Study Session 12-21-2010”Barry NOV Presentation (cont)
Part 5 “Special Lehigh Cement Study Session 12-21-2010”Bonus Footage

Cupertino City Council 1st Special Study Session “Lehigh Cement Plant” on July 20, 2010

Councilman Barry Chang Q&A Video Clips

Effectiveness of Monta Vista and other Monitoring Stations

by Bay Area Air Quality Management District Spokesman Bryan Bateman, Director of Engineering

BAAQMD can impose more Stringent Toxic Air Standards then EPA

by Bay Area Air Quality Management District Spokesman Bryan Bateman, Director of Engineering

Single Exhaust Stack Needed for effective monitoring of pollutants

by Bay Area Air Quality Management District Spokesman Bryan Bateman, Director of Engineering

Barry questions BAAQMD Bryan Bateman about EPA NOV

by Bay Area Air Quality Management District Spokesman Bryan Bateman, Director of Engineering

What is the Health Risk Assessment?

by Bay Area Air Quality Management District Spokesman Bryan Bateman, Director of Engineering

BAAQMD Inspection of Lehigh Cement Plant

by Bay Area Air Quality Management District Spokesman Bryan Bateman, Director of Engineering

BAAQMD seems to show preferential
treatment towards Lehigh Cement

by Bay Area Air Quality Management District Spokesman Bryan Bateman, Director of Engineering

Lehigh continues to operate without a valid Title V permit

by Bay Area Air Quality Management District Spokesman Bryan Bateman, Director of Engineering

Crystal Springs Mercury in fish – Mercury coming from Lehigh?

by Bay Area Air Quality Management District Spokesman Bryan Bateman, Director of Engineering

Bar ry questions County about Lehigh’s continued operation of the East Storage area in spite of NOV

Santa Clara County Department of Planning and Development Spokesman Gary Rudholm, Senior Planner

Earlier County 2006 NOV’s

Santa Clara County Department of Planning and Development Spokesman Gary Rudholm, Senior Planner

Barry questions County about lack of fines for NOV

Santa Clara County Department of Planning and Development Spokesman Gary Rudholm, Senior Planner

Lehigh’s South Pit Permit and impact upon Permanente Creek

Santa Clara County Department of Planning and Development Spokesman Gary Rudholm, Senior Planner

Barry questions County about lack of sensitivity to public’s Concerns and  enforcement of Laws

Santa Clara County Department of Planning and Development Spokesman Gary Rudholm, Senior Planner

Lack of adequate notice to public for Public Comments

Santa Clara County Department of Planning and Development Spokesman Gary Rudholm, Senior Planner

Does County adequately inspect Lehigh for possible violations?

Santa Clara County Department of Planning and Development Spokesman Gary Rudholm, Senior Planner

How does County handle noise complaints from residents?

Santa Clara County Department of Planning and Development Spokesman Gary Rudholm, Senior Planner

Is Water in Recharge Ponds contaminated with Mercury?

by California Regional Water Quality Control Board – San Francisco Bay Region Spokesman Richard Santos, Chair of the San Francisco District

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